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China again seeks talks with US as Biden prepares to assume presidency

Beijing, Dec 7 (efe-epa).- China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has once again called for talks on Monday with the United States address the battered relations between the two countries as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to assume charge of the North American country on Jan. 20.

Wang was addressing a conference of the US-China Business Council, where he proposed that the two countries prepare a list of issues to be resolved, the foreign ministry said in a statement on its website.

Earlier this year in July, Wang had advocated bridging differences as the two countries remain embroiled in a trade and diplomatic dispute.

Wang said that China is “always open to dialogue,” in a veiled allusion to Biden taking charge, and underlined that the US should “return to objectivity and rationality.”

According to Wang, the main problem has been that “some people in the US adhere to an outdated Cold War mentality and ideological bias,” and there is a need to eliminate all kinds of interference and resistance to a smooth transition in Chinese-American relations.

The foreign minister expressed hope that the two countries can adhere to “non-confrontation and mutual respect,” and be able to manage differences and focus on cooperation.

It remains to be seen how the new US administration under Biden will manage the trade war begun by outgoing President Donald Trump in March 2018. Wang claimed that the current administration considers the Asian country as a rival or even an enemy.

The Chinese minister underlined that trade and business cooperation was the main driver of bilateral relations, and that American companies must play an active role in addressing the situation.

Relations between the US and China have deteriorated dramatically during Trump’s four-year term to the point that ties between them have reached the lowest point since diplomatic relations were established in 1979.

Besides the mutual imposition of trade tariffs, the situation led to the closure of the US consulate in Chengdu city, in response to the closure of a Chinese consulate in Houston.

Moreover, the US Department of Defense has accused several Chinese companies of being controlled by the Chinese Army, and blamed China for the current Covid-19 pandemic, while also criticizing Beijing over the new security law in Hong Kong and the human rights situation of Muslim minorities in the northwestern Xinjiang province. EFE-EPA

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